The Rock teams with director Shane Black to play Doc Savage
Following months of rumors and a few social media teases, The Rock has revealed that he and "Nice Guys" director Shane Black are teaming up to bring the world's first superhero to the big screen. The People's Champ revealed on Instagram that he will portray pulp icon Doc Savage in a film directed by Black.
It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the "Man of Bronze" himself Clark "Doc" Savage. Want to thank my bud director/writer Shane Black and his writing team Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry for flying in from LA and sitting with me and our @sevenbucksprod's producer @hhgarcia41 on this Memorial Day weekend to chop up creative and break story on this very cool project. Comic book fans around the world know that the cool thing about "Doc" Savage is that he's the inspiration for Superman. First name Clark, called "Man of Bronze", retreats to his "Fortress of Solitude" in the Arctic etc etc. Doc was physically and mentally trained from birth by his father and a team of scientists to become the perfect human specimen with a genius level intellect. His heightened senses are beyond comprehension. He can even identify a women's perfume from half a mile away. He is literally the master of everything. But here's the #1 reason I'm excited to become Doc Savage.. HE'S A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO! Confidently, yet innocently he has zero social graces whatsoever due to his upbringing so every interaction he has with someone is direct, odd, often uncomfortable and amazingly hilarious. After speaking for hours w/ Shane Black I can see why the creator of Superman took only the best parts of Doc Savage and leaving the "weirdo" part behind. But to us, it's that "weirdo" part that makes Clark "Doc" Savage dope! Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one of a kind character. #ItsOfficial #WorldsFirstSuperhero #GeniusIntellect #PhysicalSpecimen #FnLoveableWeirdo #ManOfBronze #DocSavage
Dubbed "The Man of Bronze," Doc Savage was one of the inspirations for Superman, predating the DC Comics' icon by five years. Savage is an action-adventure hero first featured in pulp magazines before his popularity transitioned him to radio, comic books, television and movies.
Savage is presented as the zenith of human ability with genius-level intellect, a photographic memory, peak mental and physical conditioning and strength, as well as skilled in various trades. Doc Savage hasn't been on the big screen since 1975, but we couldn't imagine anyone more perfect for the role in the 21st century than The Rock.